Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Zora says: Respectable to Whom?

What does it mean to be a "respectable negro?" Does it mean that you take all of the opportunities that you've been blessed with just to throw stones at those of your brethren who have not been as blessed? Does it mean that you can use the antics of a few to represent the behavior of an entire class?

I really don't understand the obvious joy you take in highlighting buffoons -- people who do not represent our brothers, our cousins, our mothers, our friends... You seem to be endorsing the white, mainstream practice of only giving black folks attention when they do something to support a stereotype.

Does the black underclass only serve to make you respectable, Mr. DeVega? "See, boss! I ain't like dem der negroes. I be respectabul!"

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